While not sleeping in tents, it was an adventure trip with few amenities on the trail: loo with a view, eating in the rain under a big pine tree with twenty people, sloshing through mud and snow, digging out rain gear and dry gloves all with a promise of a break in the clouds allowing spectacular lakes and mountains to awe us. Oh, there was also the promise of the day’s end, arriving at some of Canada’s best hotels with food and wine that would delight any Epicurean.
The Post Hotel has a wine cellar of about 250,000 bottles and a menu of mouth-watering delights making it difficult to choose until we were told we could have anything we wanted! First night alone: Tartar of Ahi Tuna on Avocado in Ginger Marinade, Baby Romaine with Goat Cheese Dressing , Sautéed Deep Sea Scallops with Chef’s Asian Sauce, Pan-Seared Miso Marinated Fillet of BC Black Cod, and the Coupe Danemark House-made Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Chocolate Sauce ….could hardly get my clothes on the next morning! The next night I stuck to the special “tasting menu” which offered very small portions of many pleasures.
On the third day, the clouds disappeared, moods lifted, the picnic lunches were enjoyed and we even found some decent outdoor toilets! All in all, a terrific trip to the Canadian Rockies with Backroads.